Dr. Andrea Venet is a solo and chamber percussion artist specializing in contemporary and classical percussion literature. She is currently Assistant Professor of Percussion and Area Coordinator at the University of North Florida, where she directs the UNF percussion ensemble, teaches applied lessons, pedagogy, methods and percussion literature. Dr. Venet holds a DMA in Performance and Literature with a minor in Pedagogy, and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. As a passionate educator, Dr. Venet’s research involves pedagogy, with focus on college percussion education at various levels, classical improvisation and historically informed Baroque performance practice techniques for Bach on marimba.
As a soloist, Andrea has performed at the 5th Annual Marimba Competition in Stuttgart, Perkumania Paris International Marimba Competition, as well as taking 2nd prize at the 2013 PAS KoSA Solo Marimba Competition at New York University. Additionally, Dr. Venet has been featured at the 2016 Kyoto City University of the Arts Exchange concert, as a soloist with the Eastman Percussion Ensemble, a member of the award winning Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, and performed with Grammy winning alternative band TOOL. Andrea can be heard on the albums Colours of a Groove (Escape Ten) and At the Root of Identity (2nd place in the American Prize: Celebrating American Excellence in the Arts Chamber Music division).
Dr. Venet’s percussion duo, Escape Ten (with Dr. Annie Stevens, Virginia Tech), remains active commissioning new works and performing around the country as featured artists. Escape Ten has their own publication series of new percussion duos through Keyboard Percussion Publications (KPP). In addition to a showcase concert featuring several world premieres at the 2016 PASIC Convention, Escape Ten gave the world premier of their commission, 2300 Degrees by Ivan Trevino in Atlanta’s Spivey Hall. In addition to regular appearances at percussion festivals across the country, Escape Ten has been featured artists at the Barnes Foundation, the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar, Rhea Miller Concert series, Musica Viva Concert Series, McCormick Marimba Festival, the International Trombone Festival, VMEA, and at the Virginia Humanities Conference at Roanoke College. Escape Ten has collaborated with composers Michael Burritt, Alejandro Viñao, Ivan Trevino, Emmanuel Séjourné, Joe Locke, Steve Danyew, Aurél Hollo, Steve Ridley, Drew Worden, and Kelly Rossum.
Dr. Venet enjoys working with young people; her energetic teaching style has helped her develop an extensive and successful background as an educator. Prior to her appointment at UNF, Andrea taught for a semester at Oklahoma City University and held a graduate assistantship at the Eastman School of Music where she taught the percussion methods class, coached undergraduate percussion ensemble, and gave lessons to students from the U of R. Prior to Eastman, she taught for five years and worked with the prestigious Marcus High School band program from 2007-2010, under the direction of Kennan Wylie and Amanda Drinkwater. While in Texas, Andrea enjoyed three years of full time percussion teaching, which included percussion ensemble, private lessons, and marching band. After her appointment in Texas, Andrea cultivated a successful private studio and percussion program in Yorktown, Virginia with the Grafton High School Band program. Her students regularly received awards and honorable recognition in solo, chamber, and marching festivals. In addition to teaching high school and middle school students, Andrea was on the percussion staff for division I drum and bugle corps, The Arizona Academy from 2007-2010.
Dr. Venet received her Masters in Percussion Performance from Rutgers University and a Bachelors of Music from Arizona State University. Andrea is a performing Malletech artist, endorses Remo and DREAM Cymbals, and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society. In addition to serving on the PAS Keyboard Committee, she is a member of the MPI Editorial Board, and her arrangements and compositions can be found through Keyboard Percussion Publications (KPP).